Early on Monday, it was being reported that Justin Herbert would seek out the opinion of two more specialists to paint a clearer picture of his injury, a fracture of the right index finger that he sustained late in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. Now, on Monday evening, it looks as if Herbert and the team have supposedly come to a decision that immediate surgery is in his best interests.
According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, Herbert is “very likely” to undergo surgery on Tuesday which would obviously put any potential availability the rest of the season in jeopardy. Speed of recovery from hand surgery varies from one person to another, but at least a handful of weeks is to be expected, bare minimum. Knowing that, it’s hard to see how Herbert is able to play again this year.
Chargers’ QB Justin Herbert is very likely to undergo surgery Tuesday on his fractured right index finger, per source. Whether Herbert will have any chance to able to return this season will be determined by the surgery.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2023
Herbert has already been ruled out of this week’s game with the Raiders and, let’s be honest, if he returns in time to play one, MAYBE the final two games of the season, what’s the point? If the team does the right thing, they’ll keep Herbert off the field until next season.